Doug Miner, Former Patch Editor, Launches 40 South News in Maplewood, Brentwood

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"If there's no more Patch, this would be a nice alternative for the communities to publish local news," says Steve Jawor, who owns Maplewood's Great Harvest Bread Company.

Jawor advertises on 40 South News, joining other local businesses, including Pie Oh My, Kakao, Traveling Tea, Studio Forte, the Crow's Nest and Olympia Kebab House & Taverna, who financially support the site.

"He has a passion for it," Jawor says. "It's a crazy life. When you see people taking a chance on something, you want to support it. That's what life's about."

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More than 100 people have signed up for Miner's daily e-newsletters, which he says have an open rate of 40 percent and a click-through rate of 18 percent -- numbers his bosses at Pach would have been happy to see, Miner says. More than 460 have liked his Facebook page, and 47 people follow the news on Twitter.

"A few people have thanked me for starting the site," Miner says. "Many of them realize how frazzled I am. I've gone from an editor to a publisher. I got a promotion," he jokes.

"Now I just have to figure out how to get paid!"

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Beth Davis
Beth Davis

Be sure to check out Roger Starkey at The Metro Independent: he's picked up where the Suburban Journals in Collinsville, IL died. And he's doing a darn good job, too.

Steve Mincer
Steve Mincer

there were few things funnier than when the driveway litter known as the suburban journals actually thought people were going to subscribe to it.

Mark Bland
Mark Bland

At least here is a story about someone doing something and you are covering them for being smart and successful as opposed to the typical STL passive aggressive judgemental articles.

Katherine Law
Katherine Law

Maybe he can get some facts straight. Maplewood Patch seemed to be full of misinformation.

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